Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda

Sunday, December 05, 2021

Welcome to The Mathematics Department. The aim of the Department is to:

  • enable learners to see mathematics as an interesting and stimulating subject that can be enjoyed

  • motivate and challenge pupils to enable them to achieve their fullest potential

  • provide an environment in which the learner is able to develop their confidence in the subject

  • provide opportunities for learners to develop an awareness and appreciation of how the mathematical concepts they encounter are relevant and useful in a variety of life situations and in other learning areas

  • ensure that lessons engage and stimulate the interest of all pupils and adopt a good balance of whole group interactive teaching, individual work and cooperative learning

Subject Leader

  • Mr Caron Jones

Subject Teachers

  • Miss Annie Silver-Evans(Second in Department)
  • Mr Dafydd Davies
  • Mrs Janet Walters
  • Mrs Rhian Morgan
  • Mr Eilir Pryse

Key Stage 3

When pupils enter Year 7 in September they are taught in mixed ability groups. As they enter the Easter Term they are then set into upper, middle and lower sets. Each class follows the same core course that allows flexibility of movement between the sets. However, tasks will be differentiated according to pupils needs, ability and understanding. The setting process continues in Year 8 and 9 where each class follows the same core course in order to allow movement between sets. Pupil progress and attainment levels are regularly monitored and determined through formal and informal assessments. By the end of Year 9 most pupils should be working at level 5 to 6.

All pupils are expected to have their own scientific calculator as well as equipment for construction such as a ruler, protractor and compass.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Candidates may enter for one of the following tiers:

  • Higher Tier – Grades A* - D

  • Foundation Tier – Grades C – G

In each tier the two written papers carry 100 marks each (Paper 1 50% and Paper 2 50%). Paper 1 and 2 are of equal weighting and assess Number, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure and Handling Data. Calculators may not be used with Paper 1. A Scientific Calculator is essential for these courses especially for Homework. The Department recommends the CASIO FX 83WA or 83MS.

Entry Level Certificate

This course is available to pupils for whom GCSE Mathematics is not an appropriate course and have had difficulty attaining level 3 at Key Stage 3 at the end of Year 9. To encourage possible progression into GCSE in the future some elements of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stage 3 and 4 have been incorporated.

As with all Entry Level courses candidates’ achievements are acknowledged by levels broadly corresponding to level 3, 2 and 1 of the National Curriculum but contextualized for pupils of this age.

At the end of each of the 3 modules, candidates will be given an Intermediate Test (40 minutes each) which are worth 48% of the total marks. These Intermediate Tests are usually held:

  • at the end of the Christmas Term in Year 10

  • at the end of the Summer Term in Year 10

  • at the end of the Christmas Term in Year 11

During these modules candidates will have Aural Tests (10 short questions on Number without the use of Calculators) which are 5% of the total marks and Practical exercises which consist of 3 tasks for each module which are worth 6% of the total marks.

Investigative tasks (20%) will be set during the course.

It is possible that some pupils will be entered for The Entry Level in Mathematics and the Foundation Tier of GCSE if that is considered appropriate.

Key Stage 5

The aim of the course is to encourage candidates to:

  1. develop their understanding of Mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment

  2. develop abilities to reason logically and recognize incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs

  3. extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult unstructured problems

  4. develop an understanding of coherence and progression in Mathematics and of how different areas of Mathematics can be connected

  5. recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved

  6. use Mathematics as an effective means of communication

  7. read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of Mathematics

  8. aquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognize when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations

  9. develop an awareness of Mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and society in general

  10. take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

Each AS candidate will take three modules and each A Level candidate will take six modules. The following units are available:

  • C1 Pure Mathematics 1

  • C2 Pure Mathematics 2

  • C3 Pure Mathematics 3

  • C4 Pure Mathematics 4

  • M1 Mechanics 1

  • M2 Mechanics 2

  • S1 Statistics 1

  • S2 Statistics 2

AS level students will take units C1 and C2, together with one unit from M1 and S1. Each A level student will follow modules C1, C2, C3, C4 together with an extra two modules S1 and S2 or M1 and M2.

Each module is examined and is equal in its contribution to the overall grade. Each exam will last ninety minutes. There is no coursework.

Achievement of Mathematics at AS and A Level is advantageous for a wide variety of scientific and technological vocations. In general, Mathematics with Mechanics is the course to choose if you want to specialise in Physics, Engineering or Electronics. The Mathematics with Statistics options is best if you intend to study Accountancy, Economics or Biology.

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